This Moringa & Mint Nice Cream is healthy, gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free and packed with nutrients and healthy fats! The creamiest and healthiest ice cream you will ever have!Jump to Recipe
One of the best discoveries in my opinion is nice-cream. Whoever realised that if you blend frozen bananas you get ice cream is a genius. Although banana nice cream is already healthy as it is, the fact that you can make it even healthier by adding superfoods is just an added bonus.
I got my hands on some moringa powder and was racking my brain on more ways to consume it. It’s amazing in smoothies, porridge and you can add it to almost any savoury dish, but I wanted MORE. That’s when the idea of making Moringa and Mint Nice Cream came to me. I was a tad worried that it wouldn’t work, but boy was in for a treat!
What is Moringa?
Moringa Oleifera is a plant also known as the ‘Drumstick Tree’ or ‘Miracle Tree’. It is well known for all of its incredible health benefits and medicinal properties. If you’ve never had Moringa Powder before, it has an earthy taste similar to spinach and matcha.
This may not sound appetising to some, but there are many ways to include moringa in your diet in a delicious way (like this moringa & mint nice cream perhaps?).
Moringa is one of the most nutrient-dense plants in the world and if the long list of health benefits is not enough to convince you to try it, I don’t know what is!
- High in antioxidants
- High in Iron
- High in Vitamin A, C, E, and K
- High in fibre
- High Calcium content
Benefits of Moringa
Among others, here are some of my favourite benefits of moringa:
1. Reduces Tiredness and Fatigue
Moringa is VERY high in iron. 10 grams of moringa powder contributes to 32 per cent of your daily iron requirement. People who suffer from fatigue often find that an increase of iron in their diet helps boost their energy-levels drastically.
Because red meat, poultry and fish are some of the main sources of iron for omnivores, it is common for vegans to have an iron-deficiency. This can cause tiredness and fatigue. If you’re feeling sluggish, tired and weak – try some moringa!
2. Contributes to Muscle Growth
Moringa leaves consist of 25% protein which is incredibly high for a plant! It also contains the 9 essential amino acids which help the body to make proteins to break down your food.
Moringa powder can support the growth and maintenance of muscles, and the anti-inflammatory properties also help to reduce muscle soreness!
3. Healthy Skin
Moringa has the highest antioxidant content of any food! Antioxidants are extremely good for the skin, helping to calm skin leaving it healthy, radiant and it even helps to fight signs of ageing! YAY!
4. Healthy Digestion
As Moringa is high in calcium and fibre, it is an amazing superfood that contributes to healthy digestion. Calcium helps with the normal functioning of digestive enzymes in your body and fibre supports the metabolism and can make you feel fuller for longer!
5. Anti-diabetic and Anti-cancer
Moringa helps to decrease blood glucose levels which can prevent type 2 diabetes and studies show that it could even reduce your risk of getting cancer.
These are just some of the health benefits of moringa, but I think it’s enough to make you realise that if there’s one superfood you need in your life: it’s moringa!
Dhow Nature Foods
While you can find Moringa Powder in most health-food stores, I recommend giving Dhow Nature Foods a chance. All of their products are 100% organic, sustainable and healthy.
Their Moringa Powder, for example, is grown on an organic permaculture farm in Tanzania, East Africa. The moringa leaves are processed within 18 hours of harvesting and at a low temperature so that they retain all of the nutrients! Their moringa has no additives or bulk-fillers, just pure moringa powder with over 94 nutrients, 46 anti-oxidants, 18 amino-acids including the 9 essential amino acids!
(This is in not an AD, they did send me some products but I am not obligated to recommend them!)
How to make Moringa & Mint Nice Cream
I used 4 ingredients in this recipe, but you can even make it with just 3!
Obviously, you will need frozen bananas. When you add frozen bananas to a blender, magic happens! It turns into creamy gelato-like ice cream. If your blender (or food processor) is not high-speed and fancy, you may have to add in some liquid. (Remember when freezing your bananas in preparation you need to peel and slice them!)
You can use any type of plant milk, but I find tinned coconut milk freezes best and keeps the nice cream creamy rather than ‘flaky’. Coconut milk also adds some healthy fats and a deliciously creamy flavour!
I added some freshly chopped mint leaves, but if you have peppermint flavouring you could add this instead!
And last but not least: Moringa Powder! Need I say more?
Some variations to try:
- Add in some cacao nibs or chocolate chips for a delicious crunch
- You could add in some plant protein powder if you like! Just add a bit more liquid.
- Add some more superfoods like Maca Powder or Baobab!
Tips when making nice cream:
- Make sure to peel and slice your bananas before freezing them and if possible, spread them out so that they don’t freeze in chunks.
- When blending the frozen bananas, leave them to thaw for a around five minutes if you don’t have a powerful blender.
- Don’t add too much liquid. Add a little at a time, just enough for it to blend well!
- After blending, pour into a container and freeze for around half an hour before eating to firm up a bit.
- If you don’t finish it all at once, keep it in the freezer and let it thaw for around five minutes to soften a bit.
If you make this recipe, please leave your feedback in the comments or tag me on Instagram (@kitseats) I would love to hear from you!
Moringa and Mint Nice Cream
- blender or food processor
- 4 large Bananas
- 1/2 cup Coconut Milk or Cream*
- 20 grams Moringa Powder
- 1 handful Fresh Mint*
- Peel and chop up your bananas. Spread out in a container or baking tray and freeze for at least 6 hours.
- Add the frozen bananas to your blender and leave to thaw for 5 minutes.
- Add in your coconut milk and blend until smooth.
- Add in the moringa powder and chopped up mint and blend.
- Pour into a container or loaf tin and freeze for 30 minutes before serving.*
- Mix in some cacao nibs or chocolate chips if you like!
- You could substitute the coconut milk or cream for any plant milk, but I find thicker liquid works best!
- If you have mint flavour drops or extract you can use this instead.
- If you freeze the ice cream for longer, leave to thaw for a couple of minutes to soften.
If you want to read more about the benefits of Moringa, here are some references I used: